Enchanting, though bordering on contrived, this selection of folksy tunes is pleasant but altogether predictable. The definition of easy-listening, Lalor’s set meanders down memory lane – a partially fictitious memory lane for the purpose of fulfilling folk clichés, including encounters with a mysterious sailor in girlhood. There is no doubt that Rosi Lalor can sing and also write; the songs are well-constructed (‘Somewhere Over the Spectrum’ is particularly special) and her voice has a vulnerability that adds to the faraway feel of the show. However, the frankly mystifying personal revelations between songs make it all feel slightly manufactured; the ingredients are there in abundance, but the soul to put Flowers For The Living a cut above the rest is somehow lacking.
Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 2 – 26 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 3.15pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Olivia Sleet]